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Female Scarlet Skimmer

Female Scarlet Skimmer
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX120
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-11 5:05
Viewed: 2865
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Friends, I bought a new point-and-shoot camera yesterday.
It is a Canon and today I tried it in the garden of my son's residential complex here in Delhi. (I'm on a short vacation these days.)
After having used a DSLR for quite some time, I have lost touch with small cameras. Moreover, there was hardly anything available in the garden to shoot except the Female Scarlet Skimmer. It looks like I am the favourite of this dragonfly; rain or sunshine, winter or summer -- this species always finds me out. Today too, it made a dash at me and then settled on a garden plant. It stayed there long enough to give me time to figure out how to take a macro of it with my new camera. The LCD screen of a point-and-shoot goes almost blank in the sunshine and I had a tough time trying to decide whether I was focusing on the subject or on a leaf looking like a dragonfly. Eventually I took three shots and, luckily, two out of them turned out to be that of this dragonfly; the third one showed a dry leaf in perfect focus. :)
It will take me some time to choose the manual mode of this camera. Today I shot in Auto mode only.

I have posted so many picture of a Female Scarlet Skimmer most of my TN friends now try to avoid me for fear of seeing another FEMALE SCARLET SKIMMER!

So if you stop by to look at yet another FSS, please do so at your own risk. :)

Dis. Ac., paolo49, siggi, boreocypriensis, maaciejka, anel, albert, tuslaw has marked this note useful
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Ciao Ram. Bite tender sharp but interesting golden reflections and very good compo.


Ciao Ram, wonderful dragonfly with fantastic golden colors, splendid light, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

hello Ram
this is a beauty with great details and super good sharpness
beautiful colours and nice BG
greeting lou

Hello Ram,

what an razor sharp picture with good pov and blurred bg.
fine colours.


Good capture Ram and despite your modesty demonstrated in such detail I think that the result is obvious! Fine shot with decent clarity, brightness and dept of field. Certainly this quality can not be compared with your DSLR, but is good enough and create a smile! Unfortunately we can see the Female Scarlet Skimmer behind from this angle mostly, but even so, I think that this a successful presentation! Thanks for sharing and have a lovely evening my friend!
George Veltchev

Hello Ram, very beautiful imagine , details, light and sharpness perfect, interesting subject. A nice picture. Regards, Paolo

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-11 8:13]

Hello Ram,
Excellent photo of this skimmer in good sharpness and details. The golden colours of the skimmer as well as the blurred natural colours in the BG are fantastic. Great DOF and diagonal composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-11 13:12]

Hello Ram.
Very nice shot of this beautiful skimmer.Very nice sharp details, excellent lighting and lovely colors.Great work!Bravo and TFS.Best regards Siggi

Hi Ram Sir, conratulations on your new camera! This is an amazingly high quality image, it looks absolutely flawless. The colours, composition, exposure and sharpness are all perfect!
TFS and have a nice day!


Good luck with the new camera! It takes really nice macro photos!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-11-12 2:31]

Bonjour Ram,
The result for a first shooting with a new camera is obviously good! And a lovely story how you always come across the Scarlet Skimmer which is a most beautiful insect with its golden color. Must be a good sign!
I wish you a nice weekend
Kind regards

Hi Ram,
I wrote today to somebody, that it's amazing for me to have an ability to take photo of small object with such a great sharpness (like in yours photo). Great composition and colours.

Hello Ram,
It seems that the auto mode of your new camera is doing well
the result is fine:good exposure with sharp details
Well done the new camera and also the guy holding it !
Kind regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-13 4:09]

Hello Ram,
what a lovely capture of this female skimmer. Sharpness is stunning and the details are so lively. Your diagonal composition gives an extra impact to the view.
I like the blurry background that pushes the subject into an effective scenery.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-11-13 18:30]

Hello Ram,
I can see why you like these little dragonflies so much, they are so beautiful in appearance. This particular image shows fine detail and gorgeous natural colors. Composed nicely with just the right exposure. Great work!!

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